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February 24, 2019

Twenty years ago today, Lord William Macpherson of Cluny changed how the public sector talked about race. His groundbreaking work, The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report, gave a harrowing account of Police negligence, racism and whitewashing.

Through scrutinising the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the racist murder of a young Black man, Macpherson laid open the workings of not just the Met, but all of Britain’s public sector institutions.

He described institutional racis...

August 1, 2016

Scotland’s schools have recorded over 3,000 racist incidents in the past five years, according to figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats through Freedom of Information requests. While this may seem shocking to some, we’re confident that it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

In 2012, CRER undertook detailed research into racist incident recording practices and policies in Scotland’s schools. What we found was a patchy, problematic range of approaches. Based on research carried o...

July 12, 2016

With the upsurge in media coverage of racism linked to ‘Brexit’, people have increasingly been asking CRER about getting involved in tackling racism and hate crime. This was a pleasant surprise for us. We deal with these issues on a day to day basis and have done for almost twenty years, so it’s refreshing to see so many people willing to stand up against racism (although it’s worth mentioning that concerns raised by Black activists about the tone of the current debate do res...

August 20, 2014

For the first time, detailed information on stop and search at a local level has been made available through Police Scotland’s Local Policing Management Information reports. Carol Young explores what this data tells us about race equality in stop and search.

Institutional racism in stop and search has long been seen as one area where England and Scotland diverge in terms of race equality. Inequalities are well evidenced south of the border, with people from Black communities s...

May 2, 2014

This week’s news has been dominated by racism both in the UK and abroad. The Dani Alves incident, Jeremy Clarkson mark one and two, various UKIPpers, and a US basketball team owner (who ironically owes his successes in that position to the very people he seems to hate).

High profile recognition that racism is unacceptable should be a good thing. We should be welcoming all of this discontent about racist language. But look a little deeper and it soon becomes clear that this w...

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